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Last week Obama was in Boston and New York for several fundraising events, including one for Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Tech: GOP chairman to propose high-skilled visa overhaul | Zuckerberg's 5,700 word letter | Tech lobbies gear up ahead of internet fight Senate Dem blasts GOP for trying to repeal broadband privacy rules Judge orders release of EPA nominee’s emails MORE (D) and two events for the Democratic National Committee in New York.

The first lady campaigned and raised money for President Obama last election cycle and her movement this year indicates races that are important to Democrats.

Markey is running for the special election for Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryFormer Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP How dealmaker Trump can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues MORE's seat. He is leading GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez in the polls but by a tight margin. And former Republican Sen. Scott Brown first won his seat in a special, which tends to have lower voter turnout, giving the GOP better odds in deep-blue Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, McAuliffe, the former head of the party who has close ties to the Clintons, is in a tough race for Virginia's gubernatorial mansion. He leads Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli by single digits, according to polls of the race. Virginia holds its gubernatorial election in November.